Nursing FAQs

Q: Why choose HCC Nursing?
A:Dedicated, talented, qualified faculty and accomplished students create an environment of learning.
Affordable tuition.
Eleven other Health Sciences programs at HCC to learn alongside.
Full accreditation from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN; formerly NLNAC).
Work as a nurse after graduating, and then continue your education with our bachelor’s degree partners. 
High degree of satisfaction from graduates.
Diversity of students and faculty contribute to quality of education.
Faculty on site when you are doing clinical rotations.
Students receive hands on instruction at all major area hospital and agencies.
State-of-the-art simulation equipment.

Q: What are the requirements for the Nursing Program?
A: If accepted the Nursing Program students must have the following:

1. Criminal background check demonstrating they have not been convicted of any crime outlined in Administrative Procedure 3.200 and 3.201.
2. High School Diploma or GED
3. Minimum of 2.8 college cumulative grade (excluding college preparatory courses)
4. Completion (prior to submitting an application)of the following 21 credit hours of Nursing Program general education pre-requisite courses with no less than a C grade in each course
ENC 1101 Freshman English 1 3cr
BCS 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 3cr
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1cr
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3cr
BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology II 3cr
BSC 2086L Anatomy & Physiology Lab II 1cr
MCB 2000 Microbiology 3cr
MCB 2000L Microbiology Lab 1cr
MAC 1105 College Algebra (or higher) 3cr

The above listed courses must be completed with no less than a C grade in each course, PRIOR to submitting an application to the Nursing Program.

5. Beginning with the January 15, 2015 application deadline, students applying for admission to HCC’s Nursing program will be required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) entrance examination and earn a minimum score of 60% overall.

For more information, please refer to the links below:

Download the Nursing Program Application

Download the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Information PDF here.

Q: Do I need to take a pre-admission test prior to submitting my application?
A: All applicants must achieve a comprehensive test score of 60 or above on the TEAS V pre-admission test. The record of this score must be submitted with their application documents. Information on registering for this test can be found on the nursing application site.

Q: Can I finish up my prerequisites while in the nursing program?
A: No, you must complete your prerequisites first and then you may apply.

Q: How many credit hours is the program and how long will it take to complete?
A: The total credit hours for the program is 72.
The duration of the program is as follows:
Prerequisites = 1 year (Both - Basic and Transition Programs)
Basic Program = 4 semesters fall and spring no classes offered in the summer
Transition Program = 3 semesters summer, fall and spring

Q: Is there a separate track for the Licensed Practical Nurse seeking an RN degree?
A: Yes, this is our Transition Program and it is held on the Dale Mabry campus only. This program is only offered during the day.

Q: On what campus are the Nursing courses offered?
A: The Basic Nursing Program is offered during the day at the Dale Mabry, Plant City and SouthShore campuses. The LPN to RN Transition Program is only offered at the Dale Mabry campus during the day. The Dale Mabry and Plant City Campuses offer an evening/weekend option.

Q: What are the times for the evening/weekend program?
A: It is 2 days a week from 5-8 p.m. with a 10 hour clinical on Saturdays. Time or day may vary according to type of clinical assignments. The last nursing course NPIV will meet for four hours 5-9 p.m.

Q: What type of experiences will be offered and what is the expected time commitment?
A: Coursework includes classroom instruction; pre-arranged clinical experiences, mandatory labs and selected community clinical experiences. Both the Basic and the Transition program require a FULL TIME commitment.

Q: How many days a week/hours will I spend in class and clinical? (Refer to syllabus posted on the webpage under “course” in the nursing homepage)
A:  For all semesters in the Nursing Program class days range from 2-3 days a week.  Class and clinical hours can be 15-16 hours a week.  In some courses additional days and hours may be added to accommodate achievement of student learning objectives.

Please remember you will also need to plan 2-3 hours per credit per week for study time. Study groups within your class are encouraged and can be helpful to clarify information presented in class.

Q: Where can I find information on the cost of the program? 
A: Please see the webpage Program Expenses for information on program costs. Additional costs following graduation are for an application for a nursing license and the fee for the NCLEX Licensure exam.

Q: Can I transfer into the Nursing Program?
A: The following policies and procedures related to admission and transfer of NURSING COLLEGE CREDIT HOURS to the HCC Nursing Program:
1. IMPORTANT: If you have not taken a Nursing course within ONE YEAR, acceptance will be denied for transfer. 
2. Apply to the HCC Nursing Program according to the application process found on website. 
3. If accepted:
Request OFFICIAL transcripts to be available for review by the Director of Nursing.
Submit college Catalog course descriptions with transcript, of the nursing courses completed for which transfer credit is being requested.
Provide a letter to be sent to the Nursing department from your previous Nursing Program Director verifying you are leaving their program in good standing, which means they would allow you to return to their program after leaving.

4. We will ONLY accept ONE semester worth of nursing credits. Three quarters of the nursing program must be completed at HCC.
5. To transfer any nursing credits, your previous school must be regionally accredited as well as accredited by ACEN.

You are welcome to seek advisement related to the academic courses required in the Nursing program by making an appointment through the Nursing office at the Dale Mabry Campus, or contacting the Health Science Advisor.

Q: How can I obtain an application?
A: This is a two-step application.
1) Applicants who are new to HCC must complete an application to the college. This application may be obtained through the Nursing website or by downloading it from the HCC Apply Online webpage.
2) An application for the nursing program is also required. This application may be obtained from the Nursing website.

Q: Are there any additional requirements once a student is accepted into the Nursing Program?
A: Yes. Applicants must:
a) - return confirmation form A, the drug test fee by the deadline printed on the acceptance letter.
b) - have a current CPR for Healthcare Providers certification.
c) - have a current physical examination and immunizations submitted on the Nursing Program’s physical exam form. A licensed physician or a Licensed Nurse Practitioner must complete the form. A copy of the form will be provided during the nursing program orientation.
d) - attend a mandatory orientation. Final acceptance into the nursing program will be contingent upon the student attending the scheduled orientation session. Students will be notified of the time and place in their acceptance letter.
e) - must pass a drug-screening test.
f) - have a clean FDLE background

Q: Which hospitals are used for clinical affiliation?
A: St. Joseph's
Tampa General
Florida Hospital Tampa
Florida Hospital Carrolwood
James Haley VA Hospital
South Florida Baptist
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Brandon Regional
South Bay
Other sites include community locations and mental health facilities

Q: Does the nursing program utilize standardized testing?
A: Yes, all course utilize standardized testing as well as computer based learning programs and e-texts.

Q: Who do I contact about the status of my nursing application or if I have questions pertaining to my application or transcript?
A: To request information about the status of your application follow the procedure found in the Nursing site under Departments on the main HCC website. Applications take approximately 4 to 8 weeks to review following submission.

To confirm all documents are provided go to:
Hccfl.edu Click on HawkNet
Click on WebAdvisor
Log in and select Students
Click on My Documents

All admissions status information will be provided only through an email to the students Hawkmail email account from the Health Sciences Admissions Department.

 

Q: What are the application deadlines?
A:

January 15 - SUMMER Entry
Transition Option:
LPN to RN/ Dale Mabry only

May 15 – FALL Entry
Program Options:
Basic - Dale Mabry, Southshore and Plant City - Daytime
Basic - Daytime Basic: Plant City – Evening /Weekend

August 15 - SPRING Entry
Program Options:
Basic - Dale Mabry, Southshore and Plant City - Daytime
Basic – Dale Mabry – Evening /Weekend
At this time, we do not accept late applications.

Q: Where do I send my Nursing application?
A: You can mail the completed application to:
Hillsborough Community College
Health Sciences Admissions Division
P.O. Box 30030
Tampa, Fl. 33630-3030

Or you can drop it off in person in the drop box located in DSTU 119 at the Dale Mabry Campus.

Q: Do you have a waiting list?
A: No, we do not have a waiting list. If you did not get accepted into the nursing program the first time, you would need to reapply.

Q: Who can I speak with about getting started on my prerequisites?
A: You can contact an advisor at 813.253.7202.

 


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This page last updated November 29, 2017

Please report any problems with this page to Eugene Broda ebroda@hccfl.edu